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    Default french vs france, german vs germany, what are these words called?

    Is there a grammatical name for the type of word / variation on a country name that is used to describe things from that country?

    e.g. in France the people are said to be French. Cars made in Germany are German. The Norwegian fjords belong to Norway.

    In the same way that 'verb' describes a doing word, is there a name for the variation of a country's name that is used to indicate belonging to that country?

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    Default Re: french vs france, german vs germany, what are these words called?

    Quote Originally Posted by harrymonster View Post
    Is there a grammatical name for the type of word / variation on a country name that is used to describe things from that country?

    e.g. in France the people are said to be French. Cars made in Germany are German. The Norwegian fjords belong to Norway.

    In the same way that 'verb' describes a doing word, is there a name for the variation of a country's name that is used to indicate belonging to that country?
    They are adjectives.

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    Default Re: french vs france, german vs germany, what are these words called?

    Thanks Raymond, further research reveals they are 'demonyms'

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demonym

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    Default Re: french vs france, german vs germany, what are these words called?

    No, demonyms are just names for the people (e.g. The French, a Frenchman, Italian) not for objects coming from the country in question (French, Italian, etc.) which are simply adjectives.

    Therefore Ray's answer is also quite correct.

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    Default Re: french vs france, german vs germany, what are these words called?

    Quote Originally Posted by harrymonster View Post
    Thanks Raymond, further research reveals they are 'demonyms'

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demonym
    They seem to agree with you here: Demonyms - Names of Nationalities and here Demonym - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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